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We all love Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, but did you know San Francisco has over 220 parks and open spaces? Curbed SF wants to bring fame and glory to some of the smaller, lesser-known parks, and we're doing so with our series Park Life. Each week we'll spotlight a different San Francisco park or open space, and bring you all the details you need to plan a visit.

Across from the Caltrain station at 4th and King, the Mission Creek Park lines both sides of Mission Creek. The spot is the first of many parks and open spaces being developed in the Mission Bay neighborhood, and offers some nice green space in a hood otherwise dominated by by parking lots, construction sites, and UCSF. We're not the only ones who think so - the spot topped California Home + Design's list of 10 best San Francisco Parks in 2009.

Where it's located: Entrances are on 4th Street on either side of the Maloney Bridge, and sporadically along Channel Street on the south and Berry Street on the north.

What it features:The parks is split into two sections flanking the creek. The north side has a tiled pathway with benches, and further down is a public boat launch for non-motorized boats, basketball, sand volleyball and tennis courts, and a fenced dog play area. The south side has 3 acres of grass, trees, pathways, benches and a small outdoor amphitheatre. We're not going to lie - the seemingly constant boom of nearby construction doesn't make it the most relaxing park in the world.

How to get there: MUNI lines N and T go right to 4th and King.

Dogs allowed?: Yes, on leash throughout the park, but are allowed off-leash in the dog park near the end of Berry Street near 7th Street.

Don't Miss: The south side of the park has a floor-to-ceiling glass and brick pavilion that is available for special events.